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Patanjali Never Said Yoga Is Fancy Poses Story originally posted by Yoga Journal on November 10, 2014 As a former collegiate gymnast, most yoga poses have come easily to me. I can do a Handstand with ease and transition from arm balances to inversions gracefully and weightlessly. And if you look at all those photos …

Practice Makes Progress

Patanjali Never Said Anything About Yoga Selfies Originally posted by Yoga Journal on October 28, 2014 I love Instagram. I adore the community and having the opportunity to interact with it. I follow photographers, fashionistas, videographers, designers, news outlets, artists, and of course, yogis. Their posts often inspire me creatively, make me laugh hysterically, and warm my …

Defy Gravity

  7 Steps to Defy Gravity and Master Handstand Originally posted by Yoga Journal on April 24, 2014 and appeared in the June 2014 issue Inversions are challenging and, yes, a little scary, but this sequence can help you learn freestanding Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana)—as in, no wall, in the middle of a room as your practice …

Prop Fun

Alignment Cues Decoded: “Microbend Your Knees” Originally posted by Yoga Journal on November 6, 2014 I realized not long ago that most yoga students understand little about why teachers do and say what they do in a class. I was acting a little like the Wizard of Oz, making demands from behind an all-knowing curtain, with no explanation …

Be Mindful of Your Mouth

Alignment Cues Decoded: “Straighten Your Elbows!” Originally posted by Yoga Journal on October 22, 2014 I realized not long ago (while repeatedly reminding my students to “straighten their elbows!”) that most of them have very little idea of why teachers make the choices they do for a class. I was acting a little like the Wizard …